Island Health in the news: For the record

As the primary organization providing health care to 765,000 residents, and as the largest employer in the Vancouver Island region, Island Health directly affects the lives of many people. To learn more about current topics of public interest that involve Island Health, please see the statements below.
Island Health LogoThe Island Health Head Lice Management Guidelines were updated September, 2016 by the Public Health Nursing program. These guidelines provide recommendations and resources for schools on lice management based on current information. These guidelines are not a policy for schools, as the Health Authority does not set policy for schools on this issue. Schools and childcare facilities may set their own policies on lice management.  read more >
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Earlier this week a memo was sent to all Island Health staff regarding Island Health’s operational budget. The memo made no reference to a reduction of patient care services.

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Island Health has long recognized the role of supervised consumption services as part of a range of health authority-wide evidence-based services that support prevention, harm reduction and treatment for individuals living with substance use challenges.

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Island Health received notification from the Good Samaritan Society on April 1, 2016 regarding a significant change in staffing and a potential change in ownership of Wexford Creek, a residential care facility located in Nanaimo that Good Samaritan Society has owned and operated since 2008. Island Health was unaware of GSS’ intention to terminate staff or sell the facility prior to receiving the notification.

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Scheme Warning (1/26/2015)

Island Health is warning the public of a scheme targeting overseas health-care professionals. The misleading posting is offering non-existent jobs within Island Health and states that in order to qualify, potential employees must pay fees for a medical exam and a two-day contract orientation session at Island Health. Please be advised that Island Health is not currently recruiting health-care professionals from overseas and use caution when receiving any communications of this nature.  read more >

Influenza is a serious contagious illness associated with thousands of deaths each year in Canada. The virus can be transmitted for 24 hours before symptoms develop. Hospitalized patients and long-term care residents, in particular the frail elderly and those underlying health conditions, are more vulnerable to influenza than the general population.

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The provincial Drinking Water Protection Act establishes the framework for the provision of safe quality drinking water within the province of B.C.  Since its adoption in 2001, drinking water system operators across the province have been working to take the appropriate actions necessary to comply with the expectations outlined in the legislation.  read more >

Island Health takes our responsibility to ensure the health and well-being of vulnerable adults very seriously.

Patients may be certified under the Mental Health Act when they are at risk of harming themselves or others. This decision is made only after a comprehensive assessment by a physician, which must be reviewed and approved by a second physician.  read more >